USUAA President announces resignation before semester starts

Last week Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage President Andrew Lessig announced his resignation from his student government, effective immediately.

“I have been extraordinarily busy with my academic and professional life these last two months and have been unable to dedicate a significant amount of time to the duties of president and will not going forward into this next semester,” Lessig said in a statement released Aug. 22.

The student body elected Lessig and his running mate, Andrew Lemish, into office April 19 with a 33-vote win. Lessig and Lemish were sworn in April 26.

However, after a few months into his 12-month term, Lessig’s attempts to rebuild the USUAA Constitution, create an on-campus frolf course and make USUAA paid positions were all put at a standstill. Months passed and USUAA remained a silent entity. Lessig called an informational meeting on Aug. 21 to discuss what needed to be done.

“I have struggled these past two months to fulfill all my duties and make ends meet, and I feel with the full school year set to begin, the honorable thing to do at this time is to forfeit the office of president of the Union of Students of the University of Alaska Anchorage and speaker of the constitutional convention and to focus on the more basic necessities of school and work,” Lessig also said in his statement.

As of Sunday, no one has officially filled Lessig’s position. Once that happens, the next president will need to also fill the vice presidential chair.

According to USUAA adviser Paula Fish, there is a period of time — two weeks — in which the newly appointed president decides who will fill the vice presidential seat.

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“Whoever is selected as their nominee will be brought to the assembly and a majority vote will either put that person in the seat or not,” Fish said. “It is not a student at-large decision.”

With school starting, USUAA will need to fill its leadership positions in to resume fulfilling its duties for students.

The next USUAA meeting will take place 3 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Student Union North Cafeteria. All students are invited to come voice their thoughts, questions and opinions regarding where USUAA will go this semester.